Interview with Alton Campbell

What are your five favorite books, and why?
It is very difficult to tell you what my five favorite books are. In fact, I'm not sure which ONE is my favorite. I would say my answer would likely change tomorrow if asked the same question. But I will try to give you five titles. As for why I choose these books, it's simply because I read many books and these come to mind at this moment as being my favorites. They are "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks, "A Thousand Country Roads" by Robert James Waller, "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer" by John Grisham, "Duane's Depressed" by Larry McMurtry, and "The Dream Giver" by Bruce Wilkinson. Ooops! That was six, not five...but I was only getting started.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read adventure books, mostly fiction. I enjoy studying different author's styles as I read their books. I notice POV (point of view) changes. I notice if it is written in first or third person. I study the art of how a good writer shows me with words what is happening on the pages, and does not simply tell me a story. I love survival stories the most.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None yet. I just published my first book. I hope to learn.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My daughter gave me a Nook. I love it. It solved three problems right away. The books are available at my fingertips to buy online, My wife no longer has to go to sleep with a lamp on while I read at night, and my home had no more room for storing books. I love my Nook!
Describe your desk
Neat. I cannot stand clutter.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written private memos and letters since high school. I always told my wife that one day I was going to write and publish a book. I have done that now, and I am currently working on a sequel to the first.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My wife and I own a cabin in the Sangre De Christo Mountains in New Mexico. It is my favorite place to be. I love the mountains and the mild temps. I enjoy exploring the many trails in Carson National Forest, but I must confess that I do most of my exploring on ATV's or snowmobiles. It's easier on the legs. The setting of "Behold, A Red Sky" is the area near my cabin. The plot just came to me one day and I began writing the book on my iPhone notepad app. It took me almost a year and a half to finish the book. I hired a wonderful editor. Her name is Marlo Garnsworthy, and I credit her teaching and guidance to my finally getting it right. I learned a lot from her and her reading suggestions. I ended up doing two complete re-writes before I was happy with the outcome.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is so very easy and not expensive to publish as an indie author. If you are not an established writer, it is very difficult to query agents and get a favorable reply. Then if they take your book to sell to a publisher, it may take well over a year before it is available. It's a no brainer as far as I am concerned.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am happy with the ease of publishing my writings, and thrilled when my book was quickly put in Premium Status and 15 different retailers have opted to offer the book online.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am gone from this world, I feel as though my writings will become my legacy to my grandchildren and then maybe my great-grandchildren. I love the power of the written word. I know the more I write, the better I will become at it. And most importantly,
I can create a story that may capture a young man or woman's interest enough that they too may decide to write their own story.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be titled "Flying High" At this point I can only tell you it is a sequel to "Behold, A Red Sky". Morgan and Jacob will be back in action.
Published 2014-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Behold, A Red Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,860. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
School is out for the summer. Twelve year old Morgan just found out he and his family will be returning to his favorite place, the Sangre de Christo Mountains of New Mexico. He's very excited, but it would be especially cool if his dad were to relent and allow his best friend Jacob to join them. His dad never has time to hang out with just him... but with Jacob along it would be a real blast.